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Burglars strike jewelry store, take $50K in gold, silver

Door, glass cases smashed in Thursday morning heist

Three cases of jewelry were damaged in a smash-and-grab burglary at De Novo Fine Contemporary Jewelry at 250 University Ave. in Palo Alto on Nov. 18, 2021. Photo by Sue Dremann.

Three people took an estimated $50,000 in gold and silver from a downtown Palo Alto jewelry store in a brazen smash-and-grab burglary early Thursday morning, police Lt. Con Maloney said.

The burglars smashed a glass front door at De Novo Fine Contemporary Jewelry at 250 University Ave. at about 12:50 a.m. on Nov. 18. A nearby security guard heard the commotion and called the police. Two people entered the store while a third person waited in a getaway car on Ramona Street.

Once inside, the burglars smashed three large jewelry cases and stole bracelets, earrings, rings and necklaces. They fled in what appeared to be a light blue minivan of an unknown make and model, Maloney said. The van fled north on Ramona Street toward Lytton Avenue. Officers responded immediately but were unable to locate the vehicle and its passengers, Maloney said.

The front door at De Novo Fine Contemporary Jewelry at 250 University Ave. in Palo Alto was smashed during a burglary on Nov. 18, 2021. Burglars also smashed glass cases in the downtown store. Photo by Sue Dremann.

Police have obtained video of the heist. Investigators don't know the gender of the two burglars. One who wore a dark hoodie, dark pants, sweatshirt and face covering was about 5 feet, 8 inches to 6 feet, 2 inches tall. The second burglar also wore dark pants, a dark sweatshirt and a mask and was between 5 feet, 7 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches tall.

On Friday morning, a person who answered the door at De Novo said they were still "in recovery mode" and declined an interview. A sign on the boarded-up door alerted customers that the store would be closed for the day.

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Burglars strike jewelry store, take $50K in gold, silver

Door, glass cases smashed in Thursday morning heist

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Uploaded: Fri, Nov 19, 2021, 4:26 pm

Three people took an estimated $50,000 in gold and silver from a downtown Palo Alto jewelry store in a brazen smash-and-grab burglary early Thursday morning, police Lt. Con Maloney said.

The burglars smashed a glass front door at De Novo Fine Contemporary Jewelry at 250 University Ave. at about 12:50 a.m. on Nov. 18. A nearby security guard heard the commotion and called the police. Two people entered the store while a third person waited in a getaway car on Ramona Street.

Once inside, the burglars smashed three large jewelry cases and stole bracelets, earrings, rings and necklaces. They fled in what appeared to be a light blue minivan of an unknown make and model, Maloney said. The van fled north on Ramona Street toward Lytton Avenue. Officers responded immediately but were unable to locate the vehicle and its passengers, Maloney said.

Police have obtained video of the heist. Investigators don't know the gender of the two burglars. One who wore a dark hoodie, dark pants, sweatshirt and face covering was about 5 feet, 8 inches to 6 feet, 2 inches tall. The second burglar also wore dark pants, a dark sweatshirt and a mask and was between 5 feet, 7 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches tall.

On Friday morning, a person who answered the door at De Novo said they were still "in recovery mode" and declined an interview. A sign on the boarded-up door alerted customers that the store would be closed for the day.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.

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Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 20, 2021 at 9:01 am
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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on Nov 20, 2021 at 9:01 am

WOW - this just keeps happening. If people want to put expensive items in windows then they need to up their security with a pull down iron fence that prevents people from breaking in. I think their insurance company will demand that they and others implement more hard line security. Cameras are ineteresting but people can obvioulsy avoid recognition by cameras. Do we need more police substations across the city? We have obvious problems downtown after hours and at the Cubberly location.


AlexDeLarge
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Midtown
on Nov 21, 2021 at 9:32 am
AlexDeLarge, Midtown
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on Nov 21, 2021 at 9:32 am


'Tis the season for the criminal class...


Online Name
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Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 21, 2021 at 12:28 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
Registered user
on Nov 21, 2021 at 12:28 pm

Indeed. This weekend 80 looters invaded the Walnut Creek Nordstrom's with 3 arrested, 8 or 10 stores looted and/or trashed at Union Square in San Francisco.

And the jerk who stabbed a 7/1 clerk in San Mateo County, a repeat offender, gets a measly 1 yr in jail.


Ryan
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Barron Park
on Nov 21, 2021 at 9:33 pm
Ryan, Barron Park
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on Nov 21, 2021 at 9:33 pm

They don't have a better suspect description? This is like saying "They were humans"


Bystander
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 22, 2021 at 12:03 pm
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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on Nov 22, 2021 at 12:03 pm

With what has been happening over the past couple of days in the Bay Area, will we be put under curfew again?

After all, it has happened before and the question has to be asked.


felix
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 22, 2021 at 5:46 pm
felix, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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on Nov 22, 2021 at 5:46 pm

A curfew would be illegal, punishing an entire city of innocent people, none of whom are involved in these smash, grab and runs which have been going on for years around here, mainly at Stanford Shopping Center but sometimes downtown.


Professor Z
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Esther Clark Park
on Nov 22, 2021 at 9:09 pm
Professor Z, Esther Clark Park
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on Nov 22, 2021 at 9:09 pm

It is most peculiar that the jewelry was not in a safe. I never heard of a jewelry store that left its stock in glass cases overnight.


Seer
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Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 23, 2021 at 11:39 pm
Seer, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on Nov 23, 2021 at 11:39 pm

Defund the cops is going to be a winning slogan come election time. We need outreach efforts to find proto-criminals and criminals and distract them for a while ... from their criminality. Meanwhile, too many criminals are spending too much time in jail, so keep it under $1000per grab or car break, and "no foul, no crime". Lower those standards because lower is higher or something.


eileen
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College Terrace
on Nov 24, 2021 at 3:46 am
eileen , College Terrace
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on Nov 24, 2021 at 3:46 am

Someone will be shot and killed unless these, "grab and go", organized gang-related robberies are not stopped!

The organizers are making out like bandits!


A Person
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Southgate
on Nov 26, 2021 at 8:03 am
A Person, Southgate
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on Nov 26, 2021 at 8:03 am

At least they have good taste.


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